And here we have it, my number one most anticipated set of 2020 – LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
If you thought the LEGO Super Mario theme (which is really aimed at kids) is all that LEGO and Nintendo have up their sleeves, boy were we wrong.
Weighing in at 2,646 pieces, the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System will be priced at US$229.99 / AU$349.99 and has a global release date of 1 August 2020, along with the rest of the LEGO Super Mario theme.
It will be available exclusively on LEGO.com, or from your local LEGO Brand Retail, LEGO Certified Store, or Legoland Discovery Centre shop, before a wider release in 2021.
See below for regional pricing and links:
- LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System [US] – US$229.99
- LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System [AUS] – AU$349.99
- LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System [UK] – £209.99
- LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System [EU] – €224.19
- LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System [CAN] – CA$299.99
As a long-time gamer and Nintendo fan, this set is a dream come true to me. The brick-built NES (or Famicom as it’s called in Japan!) put Nintendo on the map, and is one of the world’s most beloved video game systems, giving birth to the likes of Mario, Zelda, Punch Out, Kirby, Mega Man and so much more.
I was lucky enough to grow up with the NES, and it was my first console, and naturally, I started with Super Mario, so being able to own a brick-built model, complete with a 1980s style television set is a dream come true.
It includes a NES Game Pak Cartridge, one controller and an 8-bit LEGO Mario on the scrolling screen.
As an added bonus, the television includes a slot for an action brick, which integrates with the LEGO Mario-figure, allowing him to react to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just as he would have in the iconic Super Mario Bros. game.
I think LEGO have got a smash hit on their hands, and this reveal should delight adult LEGO fans who may have felt a little left out as the LEGO Super Mario Theme is designed mainly for kids.
It hits all the right nostalgic notes AND isn’t particularly expensive, so I can see this selling out immediately upon release, and the LEGO NES being one of the hottest toys this coming holiday season.
I’ll definitely be picking this one up from LEGO.com on launch day, and cannot wait till I get my hands on the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System.
What do you think of this set? Has this rocketed up your wishlist? Let me know in the comments!
LEGO 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System will be released exclusively on LEGO.com on 1 August 2020.
Full Press Release Text:
The LEGO Group introduces LEGO® edition of classic
Nintendo Entertainment System™
The LEGO Group today announced a LEGO® Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) Building Kit for adults, letting grown-up fans create their own NES console with LEGO bricks. The new kit, the latest product of the LEGO Group and Nintendo partnership, offers a brick-built NES model packed with realistic details, including the accompanying 1980’s style LEGO television set, so nostalgic gamers and LEGO fans can recreate their favorite Super Mario Bros.™ childhood experiences.
Today’s announcement will let adult fans take a trip down memory-lane by building a mechanically functional version of an all-time favourite console with LEGO bricks. The new NES Building Kit will include a controller with a connecting cable and plug and even an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking feature. The console also comes with a buildable retro TV, featuring a flat 8-bit Mario figure on the scrolling screen. Fans can scan an included action brick with LEGO® Mario™ from the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course, so he reacts to on-screen enemies, obstacles and power-ups just as he would have in the iconic Super Mario Bros. game.
“Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” said Maarten Simons, Creative Lead on LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System™, the LEGO Group. “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, recreating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.”
The LEGO Group and Nintendo announced their partnership earlier this year, bringing a fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe to life through a Super Mario Starter Course set that exclusively features a LEGO Mario figure who displays a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and various action bricks. This entry point set was followed up on in May with a series of Power-Up Packs and in June with the announcement of a range of Expansion Sets and collectible Character Packs. All have been designed to build out the world of LEGO Super Mario, letting players unleash their creativity by building exactly the levels and challenges they want to see LEGO Mario and friends compete in.
This highly collectible NES building set is part of a range of inspirational LEGO models designed for discerning hobbyists, as they look for their next immersive challenge. The LEGO NES will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from August 1st 2020. From 2021 it will be available also at other leading retailers around the world.
The full LEGO Super Mario product line also launches August 1st and will be available directly from LEGO Stores and www.LEGO.com as well as at leading retailers around the world.